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Damon Jones

Associate Research Professor

316B Biobehavioral Health Building
814-865-6020
dej10@psu.edu

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Introduction & Projects

Damon Jones is an Associate Research Professor who has been with the Prevention Research Center since 2009, serving as a program evaluator and methodologist for several family and youth behavioral interventions and prevention programs. His areas of interest include the use of appropriate methodology in the behavioral sciences to carry out sound analysis of program impact, as well as economic evaluation of effective programs in social policy so that the best programs can reach more people. He is interested in understanding the public costs associated with behavior disorders, and has authored several publications on the potential economic value of effective efforts to improve developmental outcomes in children and youth. He has several years of experience with cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit assessments as well as overseeing several project resource evaluations.

Dr. Jones is passionate about working on projects that have the potential for real impact, rather than engaging in research that is shelved and never leaves academia. His work with the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative aims to achieve this ideal. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, reports and book chapters. He also has taught statistics and data analysis in the Departments of Health Policy and Administration and Human Development and Family Studies. He received his Ph.D. in quantitative methods from Vanderbilt University in 2002.

Prevention-related Projects

Recent Publications

Promoting toddlers’ self-regulation and healthy eating habits among families living in poverty: A randomized controlled trial of Recipe 4 Success

Nix, R. L., Gill, S., Hostetler, M. L., Feinberg, M. E., Francis, L. A., Stifter, C. A., McNeil, C.B., Kidder, S., Jones, D. E., Park, Y., Kim, C. N., Engbretson, A. G., Braaten, S. M., & Tamkin, V. L., (In press). Promoting toddlers’ self-regulation and healthy eating habits among families living in poverty: A randomized controlled trial of Recipe 4 Success. Child Development.

Targeting the proximal mechanisms of stress adaptation in early adolescence to prevent mental health problems in youth in poverty

Wadsworth, M. E., Ahlkvist, J., Jones, D. E., Pham, H., Rajagopalan, A., & Genaro, B. (2022). Targeting the proximal mechanisms of stress adaptation in early adolescence to prevent mental health problems in youth in poverty. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 51(3), 344-359. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2022.2073235 

Coparenting-focused preventive intervention reduces postnatal maternal body mass index and buffers impact of cortisol

Moran, L. J., Lee, J., Jones, D. E., Fronberg, K. & Feinberg, M. E. (2022). Coparenting-focused preventive intervention reduces postnatal maternal body mass index and buffers impact of cortisol. Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23466

Efficacy of the Fast Track friendship group program for peer-rejected children: A randomized-controlled trial

Bierman, K. L., Welsh, J. A., Hall, C. M., Jacobson, L. N., Lee, D. L., & Jones, D. E. (2022). Efficacy of the Fast Track friendship group program for peer-rejected children: A randomized-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2022.2051

Defensive mindset: A pattern of social information processing that develops early and predicts life course outcomes

Dodge, K. A., Bai, Y., Godwin, J., Lansford, J. E., Bates, J. E., Pettit, G. S. & Jones, D. E. (2022). Defensive Mindset: A Pattern of Social Information Processing that Develops Early and Predicts Life Course Outcomes. Child Development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13751

Building long-term family resilience through universal prevention: 10-year parent and child outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Feinberg, M. E., Gedaly, L., Mogle, J., Hostetler, M. L., Cifelli, J. A., Tornello, S. L., Lee, J. K., & Jones, D. E. (2021). Building long-term family resilience through universal prevention: 10-year parent and child outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Process. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12730

Improving toddler's healthy eating habits and self-regulation: A randomized controlled trial

Nix, R.L., Francis, L.A., Feinberg, M.E., Gill, S., Jones, D.E., Hostetler, M.L., & Stifter, C.A. (2021). Improving toddler's healthy eating habits and self-regulation: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. 147(1). Article e20193326. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-3326

Important issues in estimating costs of early childhood educational interventions: An example from the REDI program

Jones, D. E., Bierman, K., Crowley, D. M., Welsh, J., & Gest, J. (2019). Important issues in estimating costs of early childhood educational interventions: An example from the REDI program. Child and Family Services Review, 207, 104498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104498

Prospective relations between prenatal maternal cortisol and child health outcomes

Roettger, M. E., Schreier, H. M. C., Feinberg, M. E., & Jones. D. E. (2019). Prospective relations between prenatal maternal cortisol and child health outcomes. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81(6), 557-565. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000705. PMID: 31058707

Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science

Crowley, M., Dodge, K., Barnett, S., Corso, P., Duffy, S., Graham, P., Greenberg, M., Hill, L., Haskins, R., Jones, D., Karoly, L., Kuklinski, M., & Plotnick, R. (2018). Standards of evidence for conducting and reporting economic evaluations in prevention science. Prevention Science, 19(3), 366-390.

Experimental support for a family systems approach to child development: Multiple mediators of intervention effects across the transition to parenthood

Feinberg, M. E., & Jones, D. E. (2018). Experimental support for a family systems approach to child development: Multiple mediators of intervention effects across the transition to parenthood. Couple and Family Psychology, 7(2), 63-75.

Family and child outcomes 2 years after a transition to parenthood intervention

Jones, D. E., Feinberg, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. J., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2018). Family and child outcomes 2 years after a transition to parenthood intervention. Family Relations, 67, 270-286. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12309

Improving the social emotional skills in childhood enhances long-term well-being and economic outcomes

Jones, D., Crowley, D. M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2017). Improving social emotional skills in childhood enhances long-term well-being and economic outcomes. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University.

Trajectories of mental health-related service use among adolescents with histories of early externalizing problems

Okado, Y., Ewing, E., Rowley, C., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Trajectories of mental health-related service use among adolescents with histories of early externalizing problems. Journal of Adolescent Health, 61(2), 198–204. PMCID: PMC5529137

A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy

Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). A framework for valuing investments in a nurturing society: Implications for prevention research and evidence-based policy. Child Clinical and Family Psychology Review, 20(1), 87–103. PMCID: PMC5396060

Longitudinal links between work experiences and marital satisfaction in African American dual-earner couples

Sun, X., McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Longitudinal links between work experiences and marital satisfaction in African American dual-earner couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(8), 1029–1039. PMID:29309188

Long-distance dating relationships, relationship dissolution, and college adjustment

Waterman, E. A., Wesche, R., Leavitt, C. E., Jones, D. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2017). Long-distance dating relationships, relationship dissolution, and college adjustment. Emerging Adulthood, 5(4), 268–279. PMCID: PMC5635840 

Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention

Crowley, D. M., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Valuing our communities: Ethical considerations for economic evaluation of community-based prevention. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3–4), 309–315. PMCID: PMC5729092

Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle.

Crowley, M., & Jones, D. (2016). Financing prevention: Opportunities for economic analysis across the translational research cycle. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6(1), 145–152.

The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression

Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Chote, D. R. (2017). The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression. Psychological Assessment, 29(8), 978–989. PMCID: PMC5357592

Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Hostetler, M. L., Roettger, M. E., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Couple-focused prevention at the transition to parenthood, a randomized trial: Effects on coparenting, parenting, family violence, and parent and child adjustment. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 751-764. doi: 13894986

Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety

Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., Roettger, M. E., Hostetler, M. L., Sakuma, K. L., Paul, I. M., & Ehrenthal, D. B. (2016). Preventive effects on birth outcomes: Buffering impact of maternal stress, depression, and anxiety. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(1), 56-65. doi: 10927875

Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise

Motamedi, M., Caldwell, L. L., Wegner, L., Smith, E. A., & Jones, D. E. (2016). Girls just want to know where to have fun: Preventing substance use initiation in an under-resourced community in South Africa through HealthWise. Prevention Science: the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 17(6), 700-709. doi: 13894986

Considering valuation of noncognitive skills in benefit-cost analysis of programs for children

Jones, D. E., Karoly, L. A., Crowley, M., & Greenberg, M. T. (2016). Considering valuation of noncognitive skills in benefit-cost analysis of programs for children. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 6(3), 471–507. https://doi.org/10.1017/bca.2015.53

Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness

Jones, D., Greenberg, M., & Crowley, M. (2015). Early social-emotional functioning and public health: The relationship between kindergarten social competence and future wellness. American Journal of Public Health, 105(11), 2283–2290.

Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention

Crowley, M., Jones, D. E., Greenberg, M. T., Coffman, D., & Spoth, R. (2014). Can we build an efficient response to the prescription drug abuse epidemic? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of universal prevention. Preventive Medicine, 62, 71–77.

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